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should i get a 250 gb nvme (boot) and a 1tb nvme

I am parting out my first pc build. I am not sure if I need both or if I should just get the 1tb nvm as a boot drive and  for games

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Would be redundant to buy a second drive just for the OS

And not in the tech IT redundant way 

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4 minutes ago, darkmarkymark said:

I am parting out my first pc build. I am not sure if I need both or if I should just get the 1tb nvm as a boot drive and  for games

Just get a single big drive. Pretty pointless to split them up not really any reason for it.

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6 minutes ago, Slottr said:

Would be redundant to buy a second drive just for the OS

And not in the tech IT redundant way 

Actually... 😛

It would be in the tech IT redundant way - sorta. (Well, not really. But whatever...)

 

Boot devices are under much more stress than regular storage devices.

From personal experience I can say that my boot drive exceeded my other two 1TB drives in host writes within months.

You can see this in the two screenshots below. The MP300 is my Windows 10 boot drive, the other is a Samsung 850 Evo which I've used for years for games and other stuff.

 

So assuming that this is the case for most people, I recommend to get a cheaper and more reliable SATA SSD with TLC NAND as the boot drive and a faster NVMe drive, which then also could be QLC, but is also preferably TLC, for games and other larger programs.

 

Boot times shouldn't differ much, if at all.

 

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Small boot drives were recommended when drive prices were high. Like 120gb SSD + 1TB HDD, if you can get large fast drive theres no need for the small one.

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1 minute ago, Senzelian said:

So assuming that this is the case for most people, I recommend to get a cheaper and more reliable SATA SSD with TLC NAND as the boot drive and a faster NVMe drive, which then also could be QLC, but is also preferably TLC, for games and other larger programs.

Fair observation, thanks for the insight! 

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I would get a single reliable drive for your boot drive. I wouldn't be concerned about data loss as long as you don't cheap out on the main boot drive. I used a 1tb Samsung 960evo for years without issue as my only drive. I gave it to my brother after I upgraded to a PCIE 4.0 drive and it's still working great. I would not put your OS and sensitive data on a cheaper drive. The only thing I put on commodity SSDs (crucial P1, intel 665, etc) are non important data like steam games.  

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Go for a single drive. TLC and DRAM cache would be specs to heavily consider.

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1 hour ago, Senzelian said:

 

 I recommend to get a cheaper and more reliable SATA SSD with TLC NAND as the boot drive and a faster NVMe drive, 

 

 

 

 

after looking around i went with a Western Digital Green 120 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive and a Samsung 980 Pro 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive, any changes?

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10 hours ago, darkmarkymark said:

Western Digital Green 120 GB

I wouldn't get a WD Green. The 120GB and 240GB models don't have any DRAM on board.

The WD Blue drives do. But maybe you can also find something from Adata or Crucial. You can post a few options here if you want and I'll give them a look.

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